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Coastal Taipan snake

Are snakes susceptible to their own venoms?

... to consider. That is, they aren't susceptible to their own venom in their own fangs, because they don't kill themselves every time they ... This is also why if a snake happens to swallow some of its own venom it will be okay, because the venom is made of ...

Klebsiella Pneumoniae Bacteria

Why antibiotics for bacteria but not viruses?

... a problem, because bacteria look totally different to our own cells, so it's fairly easy to make drugs and chemicals ... roger a bacterial metabolism and which will not affect our own metabolism. Because viruses have to prey on our own metabolism, and they have to use our own cells to make ...

What makes underwater animals glow?

... creatures use a type of bacteria. Some creatures use their own chemicals which are then put together. It's essentially ... column. This creature called the loosejaw fish creates its own red light. Nothing else can see it because no fish really ... there isn't any red light down there. If you make your own red light and you can see it yourself then you've got ...

Can snakes die from their own venom?

... protecting cells that stop it going back in to the body's own tissues and doing any damage. The only place it can go is ... made in you. That's why the snake doesn't die from its own venom because it keeps it in a specially adapted part of ... he said you can also find antibodies in snakes to their own venom, to a certain extent. They kind of have their own ...

Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?

... itself is very well adapted to avoid getting stuck in its own glue. But the interesting thing about this one, I went to ... things that spiders use to avoid getting stuck in their own webs. The second of which is they have a really clever ... eight years old. Why does the spider not get stuck to its own spider web?         THANK YOU. Why don't spiders get ...

Roadside Snake Charmer - Agra, India. Photograph by Gregor Younger

Why is a king cobra not affected by its own venom?

... the reason is the same reason that you don't die from your own gastric stomach juices. If they get in to the wrong part ... expert they said you can also detect antibody to their own venom in some snakes. Just in case some spilled over I ... go any further. Why is a king cobra not affected by its own venom? Why is a king cobra not affected by its own venom? ...

Is conservation pointless?

... the preservation of animals or plants or things for their own sake. I'm partly for the preservation of the natural ... man. Not only would it be good to have forests for their own sake, but they are vital to our survival. Ben - Now, I've ... a lot of research now suggesting that biodiversity for its own sake appears to actually matter. Forests with more ...

A honey bee on a flower

Which plants are best for bees?

... bees but there are some plants that actually have their own neurotoxins, and rhododendron that invasive plant that ... in some of our forests and uplands actually has its own psychoactive neurotoxins called grayanotoxins. They have their very own Novichok which are able to poison, well, people who eat ...

 Typical extended middle-class U.S. family from Indiana of Danish/German extraction. The woman in the lavender print dress is the 87-year-old great grandmother; her daughter, a 67-year-old grandmother, is next to her. They are surrounded by the third...

Why do humans have such a variety of appearances?

... to be able to recognise people who are part of your own group, even your own family. There are very special regions of the brain for ... recognise the facial differences there as you do in your own group. So that's one thing, we don't necessarily know how ...

Gene therapy for Huntington's Disease?

... are based on RNA interference which uses the body's own small RNA silencing system. Every cell in our bodies has ... that are based on entering search queries into the cell's own searching machinery and then directing it to a desired ... I told you about. So, we sort of hijack the cell's own machinery to try to turn off this disease gene. Now, that ...

Why do some species have thousands of sterile individuals?

... individuals towards the best chance of passing on their own genes directly to the next generation. Obviously, sterile ... related genetically to their mother than we are to our own mothers, because ant genetics work slightly differently. ... becomes a helpless baby factory, unable to care for her own young, find food or even leave the nest in many cases. ...

A plate of cooked pork chops. Photo courtesy of Stu Spivack

How long could one survive eating yourself?

... To work out how long someone could survive by eating their own limbs, we need to make a number of assumptions. Firstly, ... live if somehow he had to live on amputations of his own body. I assume that piecemeal would too much of a shock . ... equipment, how long could you survive just eating your own severed limbs? How long could one survive eating yourself? ...

Rodin's \The Thinker\ - on display at the Rodin Museum.

Do we have free will or is life determined?

... as under external environmental stimuli. Hannah - My own view and this is just a personal view is that, our brains ... everything almost is pre-determined. That's just my own personal view. I don't know whether you've got anything ... about actually what they do and want to do with their own free will. Katie - I mean, I think you only need to look ...

Crying toddler

Why do we get relief from crying?

... There wasn't much I could find on this. There was our very own study that talked about the excretion of cortisol through ... is sort of hypothesis. So, I've come up with one of my own and that's from an unlikely source as to why we might ... he talked about endorphins which are our sort of body's own pain killers and he talked about how the act of laughing ...

Why does my voice sound different in my head?

... they called the speech jammer which actually played your own voice back at you at just a few milliseconds delay, I believe, and it's so disrupting to hear your own voice back with that slight delay that it basically shuts ... they think "do I really sound like that?" Do we hear are own voices differently that how we sound to others? I hope ...

Do animals speak regional languages?

... definitely have different languages and accents of their own. And that is the whales and dolphins, the cetaceans. And ... populations of blue whales that seem to have their own distinct languages. And so, that might be something that ...

Do any animals have chloroplasts and can photosynthesise?

Not that I know of as their own chloroplasts, but there are more complex multicellular ... chloroplasts out of green algae and keeps them in its own gut. It lets them photosynthesise and nicks the sugars ...

Goose tapping on the window

Why is a duck tapping on my window?

... of a duck on the other side. Ducks can't recognise their own reflection. The only bird known to recognise their own reflection is, actually, magpies, so it could be thinking ...

Karyotype of a human male - showing all 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome. Not the 'XY' sex chromosomes, showing this person is male.

What determines the chromosome count of orga?

... apart into two. This is something that's happened in our own lineage for example, our own chromosome Two seems to be the result of the fusion ...

A Reed Warbler feeding a Common Cuckoo

What happens when a cuckoo chick is spotted?

... Something happens that makes them realise it's not their own, and they give up on the chick and they take the nest ... in and dismember the corpse and carry it back to their own nest... What happens when a cuckoo chick is recognised by ...

shoots of little soy plants

Does soy contain oestrogen?

... But soy contains some chemicals that mimic the body's own oestrogens called phytoestrogens. And the history of ... phytoestrogens, but it may not be as strong as our body's own. And so this means they can act to both promote oestrogen ...

A germinating seedling

What is a weed?

... out an answer as well as take on panellist Bill Colledge's own question. Howard - Well, I think you've really answered your own question. But just to explain: beauty really is in the ...

Why do birds fly into windows?

... The other thing is that the birds may be seeing their own reflection and, as it is the time of year when birds ... it and not realising that it's not another bird, it's its own reflection. Especially with houses normally if the room ...

Salmon Sushi

Does the DNA of food survive digestion?

... had leached out into their intestines and those people's own intestinal bacteria had picked up the DNA and incorporated the genes into their own genomes. This is as one person put it, rather like you ...

Monkey Speak

Do our voices sound different in our heads?

... In radio, I am constantly disappointed by the sound of my own voice so, I was keen to bring in the experts for this ... a bit more 'god like'. It's like having a producer on our own voices.Nick - Yes, I imagine that's exactly right. It's ...